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to where you can sell it for enhanced oil recovery, the technology that we could use in the shell that maybe could enhance the gas from the shales that the utica and marcellis that we have in west virginia. so much could be done. maybe key wee could solidify the carbon and use it as a spent fuel. this money laying right now in the department of energy for almost 10 years needs to be invested. and with your help, senator whi, i can only thank you that we can move forward and find a solution. mr. whitehouse: i agree with the distinguished senator from west virginia, that the department of energy's advanced fossil projects loan guarantee program has not yet lived up to its potential, and i will work with him to push the administration to accelerate its use. i would like to close my share of this colloquy by noting something very basic, and that is that america has long stood
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before the world as an exceptional country and deservedly so. america proved the case for popular sovereignty with no need of kings or crowns. america took our balanced market capitalism and rode to international economic dominance. america has long been the vanguard of civil and human rights for our people and around the globe. and when american military power must be used, we don't conquer and rule. we come home. this exceptional nature confers upon us a responsibility to lead, to be an example, to be as president reagan said a shining city on a hill. our generation will be judged by whether we were responsible about climate change, whether we listened and whether we led.
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senator manchin and i are both committed to the idea that american innovation can create the clean energy technologies of the future, that when it comes to addressing the biggest problems facing our world, the united states should be out front, and we are committed to working together to find responsible solutions to the climate crisis. we also realize that we have different perspectives on what those solutions should look like. i live in a state that is harmed by carbon pollution, and senator manchin is from a state that sees economic benefit from coal. we believe we could both learn more about those different perspectives. so i am committing today to travel with senator manchin to virginia to see the coal plants that power many parts of our country and meet the people there working to curb pollution and improve efficiency. and i invite senator manchin to
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rhode island to see how climate change is taking its toll on our shorelines and marine industries. america is still a beacon to the world because ultimately we have the ability to work through disagreements to common ground on a shared platform of fact, but the commitment of serious -- but with the commitment of serious leaders like senator manchin, i am confident we can move forward to an energy future that improves the quality of life for those in west virginia and rhode island and for all americans. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. mr. whitehouse: i ask unanimous consent that senator manchin have such time as he needs to conclude our colloquy. mr. manchin: it should be within three or four minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. manchin: thank you, senator. let me say to my dear friend, the snowe from rhode island, i look forward to visiting his state of rhode island and seeing all the things that they are doing and the efficiencies they have and the technologies they are incorporating. i also look forward to showing off to him my beautiful state of
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west virginia. we have both visited each other's states before so we know how good our states are, so it's going to be great to revisit. i want to thank him also for joining me today on the floor. we continue to have this extremely important dialogue. if senator whitehouse and i can start looking for a pathway, then i'm sure friends from all sides of the aisle can join us. i agree with senator whitehouse, the united states of america has long stood before the world has an exceptional country, an exceptional country that people look up to. we have reigned as the world's dominant power for more than 200 years. coal use is expanding throughout the globe, and we must face that reality. we must take our position as a world leader in brokering solutions, knowing that the rest of the world is going to use this product more than ever before. define the balance of the environment between our concerns and economic prosperity. it's going to happen. we should be that leader also.
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the solution for the u.s. is to develop a technology that the allow us to use the fuels we need cleanly and to export that technology to the world. yes, west virginia and rhode island are indeed different in many ways, but most importantly, senator, you and i both know they are both part of this great country, and that is what makes america great. we can deliberate and challenge each other's position on any one issue, and we sure have had our dogged debates on the issues of climate change and energy issues, but when it comes to deciding what's best for our future generations and our beautiful earth, there is always room for reasonable compromise and a way forward. so as we continue to work diligently in the senate, i also look forward to visiting again with him, and we will make that happen sooner than later. and once again, i want to thank senator whitehouse for coming to the table to establish a truly commonsense all of the above energy policy that acknowledges the vital role coal must play
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moving forward. this energy strategy will also help protect good-paying jobs, boost our economy nationwide and around the world and improve the quality of life of all living things. we're going to fix this together. not as democrats or republicans, but as americans. as the world leaders we always have been. we have been going to find the balance and we will find the balance and show not only america but the world that we can look past our differences to better this world, and i look forward so much to that, and we both have looked at it from this standpoint. we both agree that working together and basically agreeing that we have a responsibility in this world, in this country to be a leader again and finding a pathway, to using the energy the good lord gave us in the best balance that we can with the economy and the environment and clean up the environment that we're responsible for. so i thank my good friend. with that, i would yield the
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floor. the presiding officer: the senior senator from texas is recognized. mr. cornyn: mr. president, before i came to the united states senate, i have read in the history books and civics books that the united states senate was called the world's greatest deliberative body, a place where you had full and unfettered debate, anybody with a good idea or even a bad idea at least had an opportunity to talk about it, offered an amendment on legislation and get a vote. that's what was meant by the world's greatest deliberative body. unfortunately, the senate has become virtually unrecognizable to those of us who began our tenure under the previous leadership of the senate. simply put, we have gone from an institution that legislates, that debates the great ideas to solve the problems and
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challenges of this great democracy to one that's become a killing floor for good ideas. we've had at least three bipartisan bills in the last few weeks that the majority leader has stopped because he's refused the opportunity for republicans, the minority, and the democrats in the majority to offer any amendments and to get votes, and it's -- when i think about the shaheen-portman bill, the energy conservation bill, the tax extenders bill for the expiring 50 or so tax provisions and the appropriation bill that recently was on the senate floor, all of these pieces of legislation enjoy bipartisan support, so you would think in a dysfunctional senate at least those kinds of bills would have the opportunity to get debate, amendment and passage. well, that's not the case because the majority leader insists on a my way or the
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highway mentality. in essence, he wants to be the traffic cop who decides whose ideas get to be debated, what amendments get to be offered and what votes get to occur. well, i have to tell you that as one senator from a state that represents 26 million constituents, i refuse to participate in a process where the majority leader from nevada gets to tell my constituents what kind of amendments i get to offer on their behalf. it's unacceptable. this is not the senate that i joined when i got here, nor a senate that any of us should be proud of. shortly after i got to the senate, republicans became the majority party. i always tell my friends and constituents back home, being in the majority is a lot more fun than being in the minority, but back then it was understood by both parties that the price of being in the majority and
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recognizing and respecting the minority did have rights is that you had to take some tough votes on amendments. but after all, that's why we are here. that's part of the price you pay of serving in the senate is you have to vote, sometimes on things you would prefer not to vote on and sometimes you have to take tough votes. but like it or not, that's just how the senate used to operate. both republicans and democrats alike recognize that allowing an open amendment process was about guaranteeing that all americans, all americans, those represented by senators in the majority, those represented by senators in the minority that all of americans acting through their elected representatives had a voice and a vote on the senate floor. but sadly under the current majority leader, the amendment process has become a distant memory. and again, this is not just about a senator's prerogatives. this isn't just about the
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process or procedure. this is about our constitutional form of governance where every state has two senators and every senator has the prerogative to represent their constituents to the best of their ability. here's a sad statistic -- since last july, nearly a year ago, we have had roll call votes on a mere nine minority amendments. that is among the 45 of us that sit on this side of the chamber, we've only had a chance for nine, nine roll call votes on amendments. meanwhile, in the house of representatives, our friends in the house held roll call votes on more than 160 minority amendments. in other words, republicans control the house, democrats control the senate, but in the democrat-controlled senate, the minority had nine votes on amendments and in the republican-controlled house, the minority got 160 votes on
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amendments. so this isn't just about our being denied amendments. the fact is what i want understand is why majority party democrats are willing to stand by and allow the majority leader to deny their rights and to deny their constituents a voice and a vote on the important work done here in the senate. since july, we have actually had fewer roll call votes on democratic amendments than on republican amendments, so can you imagine, i understand being in the minority and being in the minority means you don't often get your way, but if i was in the majority and the majority leader was shutting me out and my constituents out and denying us a chance to have votes on amendments that i am a member of the majority party, i think i would have some tough explanation to give to my constituents about why i was not allowed to be effective as their
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representatives in the united states senate. but here is a -- here is an even more shocking scenario. for freshman democrats, people newly elected to the senate, this is what politico said yesterday -- quote -- "since joining the senate in january, 2013, the 12 freshman democrats have not had a single vote on the floor on any amendment bearing any of their names as a lead sponsor." that's shocking to me. so none of the 12 freshman democrats, members of the majority party, have had a single vote on any of their amendments that bear their name as the lead sponsor since 2013, not a single vote. their constituents, the majority party, completely shut out of the process because of the
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dictatorship on the floor of the senate of the majority leader. over that same period during the 113th congress, for example, the junior senator from alaska, the senior senator from arkansas, the senior senator from colorado, the senior senator from new mexico and the junior senator from montana have not had a single roll call vote on an amendment that bears their name as the lead sponsor. for that matter, according to "the hill," the junior senator from alaska -- quote -- " never received a roll call vote on an amendment he's offered on the senate floor." ever. shocking. so not one time in his senate career has the junior senator from alaska received a roll call vote on the senate floor because of the way the majority leader has run the senate. he's been denied the opportunity to be effective on behalf of the people that he represents in the united states senate, and he's a
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member of the majority party. well, it's gotten so bad, according to the same "politico" article i cited a moment ago that the junior senator from new jersey recently asked one of his democratic colleagues whether voting on presidential nominees was all the senate did. he could be forgiven for thinking that because that seems that's all we do these days. in addition, the junior senator from the senate said -- quote -- "i got more substance on the floor of the house in the minority than i've gotten as a member of the senate majority." close quote. again, i repeat myself, these are democrats, members of the majority party who have been shut out of the process. their party controls the chamber. yet, this debate is obviously
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not about party control or individual members, but it is about making sure that millions upon millions of americans should have their voices heard in the united states senate. and it's about giving us a chance on their behalf to represent them in this body. i am encouraged to read that some of our colleagues across the aisle are starting to push back against the majority leader's tyranny. i'd urge them to continue pushing back and to continue to remind the majority leader that putting up a legislative session blockade is not -- putting up a legislative blockade is not only bad for the republicans, it is bad for the majority party and the people they represent too. mr. president, in conclusion, i would say that in addition to the amendment issue that i've talked about here for the last ten minutes or so, there are no fewer than 284 -- 284
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house-passed bills that are awaiting consideration here in the united states senate. 284. you don't think among those 284 bills, there's not just one or two or three decent ideas that might be debated, perhaps improved upon by an open amendment process in the senate that we should take up and consider. well, many of these are jobs bills, the type of legislation that would help promote economic growth. boy, we sure could use some economic growth because the economy is contracting, not growing, which means that jobs are scarce and people are hurting. there are bills that would expand opportunity and increase family incomes. at a time of mass unemployment and stagnant wages where the median household income has gone down by nearly $2,300 since june
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of 2009, it is simply outrageous that the majority leader has refused to take up any one of those 284 bills that have passed the house, most of whom had bipartisan support. it's outrageous he's refused to let us take up those bills, many of which would help the millions of americans who are currently looking for a job and can't find one to find a job. the american people, after all, are the reason why we're here and they are the ones who are suffering the most from the majority leader's autocratic rule. they deserve better, and it's time all of us -- republicans and democrats alike -- demanded better. mr. president, i yield the floor. mr. barrasso: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from wyoming is recognized. mr. barrasso: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i concur with the distinguished senator from
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texas, the concerns that we have and that we share about the lives of people all across the country, their ability to earn a living. and tomorrow president obama is planning to travel to minnesota. as i come to the floor, the president is making the preparations because the president said he will spend a day in the shoes of a woman who had written him a letter about the economic challenges that she faces. i hope the president takes the time to actually talk with other people as well and spend a day in their shoes as well. because i think there are a lot of people in minnesota, a lot of people in minnesota who would like to ask the president about his health care law and about some of the damaging side effects of the law. the mankato times had the story of a minnesota school to lose more than $200 million because of obamacare. a state representative is quoted as saying that wasteful spending on the health care law has left many taxpayers outraged because
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they'll soon be making a significant impact on minnesota schools, on the students in the state of minnesota. will the president address that? according to documents released by minnesota's management and budget office, over the next three years the total unfunded costs associated with the health care law compliance will cost school districts statewide at least $207 million. as the state representative said, this is troubling news for our schools. $200 million that school districts won't be able to use to hire more teachers, improve their educational programs, an unneeded expense that does absolutely nothing for our students, he says. as the state rep says in minnesota, it is pretty sad when schools are forced to prioritize obamacare compliance over the education of our children. the president says of the health care law, force flip defend and be proud because that is something the president is going to forcefully depend and be
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proud of. take a look at the side effects of the health care law, so many side effects. one that we have been talking about is the medical device tax that democrats included in this law. it is a destructive tax and it is hitting the people along the ground in minnesota where the president is going to be tomorrow. this destructive tax impacts the livelihoods of individuals. these are the people who make things like pacemakers, ultra sound equipment. it is a tax the president asked for, demanded, wanted as part of the health care law and every senator in this chamber voted for, including the two democratic senators from minnesota where the president will be tomorrow. it adds up to $3 billion a year. companies will have to make up for that lost revenue. they're going to do it through higher prices on other individuals, moving some of their construction and their distribution overseas. is that what the president wanted in his health care law? will he forcefully defend and be proud of that?
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according to a survey by an industry trade group, the folks who actually make these medical devices, that is exactly what's happening. device manufacturers have had to cut 14 thousand jobs because of the tax last year. they say they didn't hire another 19,000 that they planned to hire. that's a total of 33,000 american jobs lost because of the taxes in the president's health care law. there are more than 350 medical device firms in minnesota, companies in minnesota that employ people on the ground in minnesota, citizens want to be hardworking individuals supporting more than 30,000 jobs in minnesota since the health care law passed, the medical device industry has lost more than 1,000 of those jobs in minnesota, where the president will be tomorrow. is the president ready to stand with those individuals about the devastating side effects of his health care law? one of the biggest device makers in the state is called medtronics.
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they just announced they are moving their business to ireland. this obama administration's burdensome tax policies and that terrible health care law side effects are impacting people all around the country, and specifically in this area in minnesota. one of the side effects is fewer jobs for american families. the president has said that democrats who voted for the law should forcefully defend and be proud of it. i hope someone in minnesota will get the chance to ask the president tomorrow if he's proud of the thousands of jobs his health care law is costing the hardworking men and women who make these medical devices in this state of minnesota minnesota. i hope the president will spend a day in the shoes of someone who lost their job as a medical device maker. you know, mr. president, for a lot of people in minnesota and around the country, they are also worried about another
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devastating side effect of the health care law and that's the impact on their paychecks. smaller paychecks that a lot of families are getting specifically because of the health care law. mr. president, yesterday there was an article in "the washington post," page 2, tuesday, june 24, "businesses gear up for employer mandate. subheadline: some cut workers' hours. others struggle with costs and logistics." well, what happens if you cut hours? what happens if you're struggling with costs? who's impacted by that? obviously the families of the individuals who are working in those businesses. the article says that employers around the country have been cutting their workers' hours back to part-time status. now, part-time in the health care law is defined as 30 hours a week. most people think of a 40-hour workweek. not president obama. he has a whole different view of
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what a full-time job is. but how to cut back to part time status in order to avoid paying for the expensive health care mandates required by the law. the article in "the washington post" yesterday adds that -- quote -- "seasonal employees and low wage workers like cafeteria staffers, they have been especially hard hit. and it is happening in minnesota and the president is going to be there tomorrow and he's going to say i want to walk a day with this woman and see what her life is like. he can hand select somebody who makes it look like their policies might be working. but there are people in minnesota who are being harmed by the president's policies. in fair bolt, minnesota, the city has to cut hours of workers because it can't afford to pay for their insurance. the city of mankato had to do the same thing cutting back most of their part-time workers to 29 hours a week to keep under the limits set by the health care law. in hastings, minnesota, the
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school has to limit how much their classroom aides, food service, employee transportation workers can work. the same thing is happening in towns and counties and businesses all over the state of minnesota. they are cutting back hours, reducing the size of their paychecks. india? because of the health care law. is the president going to spend a day in the shoes of someone who has had their hours cut back because of the health care law? is he going to forcefully defend his law when he's in minnesota tomorrow? are the two senators from minnesota who voted for the health care law ready to forcefully defend the smaller paychecks that these people are getting? mr. president, this isn't just happening in minnesota. it's happening all around the country. it's not bad enough that these people are getting hid by a second time by another very expensive side effect of the health care law. so, smaller paychecks, now what they're seeing is higher premiums that they have to pay. according to a new study, people in minnesota are paying a lot
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more for health insurance. why? because of the health care law. for an average 64-year-old woman in minnesota, her premiums would have been $273 a month in 2013 before the mandates in the obama health care law kicked in. but in 2014 buying insurance through an obamacare exchange her premiums jumped to over $400 a month. she's paying $1,500 more this year than she did last year because of the president's health care law. who's going to forcefully defend that? who's going to come and be proud on the floor of the senate and speak with pride about what they have done to this woman? for a 27-year-old man, he would have paid an average of $95 a month in 2013. under the obama health care law he's now paying $140 a month, an extra $540 this year compared to last year.
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can the senators who voted for this law be proud of these kinds of premium increases? the american people wanted reform that gave them access to quality, affordable care. access, quality, afford afnlt what they're getting through president obama, higher premiums, higher co-pays, higher deductibles. republicans offered solutions for patient centered health care, things like increasing the mobility of small businesses to get together and negotiate better rates, expanding health savings accounts, allowing people to buy health insurance that works for them and their families because they know what's best for them. they don't need the government and president obama to tell them that he knows better what they need in their lives than they know what they need in their lives. republicans have offered ideas that would give people the care they need from a doctor they choose at a lower cost. the president may not want to talk about any of these things tomorrow in minnesota and all the ways his health care law is hurting people in minnesota and
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around the country. hurting education, hurting jobs, hurting the economy and hurting the pocketbooks of the men and women around the country. but republicans are going to keep coming to the floor, keep talking about the burdensome side effects, the expensive side effects and sometimes irreversible and fatal side effects as a result of this law and we will continue to offer real solutions for better health care without the terrible side effects the american public continues to face as a result of the president's health care law. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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the presiding officer: the majority leader is recognized. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that the call of the quorum be terminated. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: is there a motion now pending to proceed to s. 2363? the presiding officer: the motion is pending. mr. reid: i have a cloture motion at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the motion to proceed to calendar number 384, s. 2363, a bill to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fish, and shooting and for other purntion signed by 1 senators as follows: mr. reid: i ask that the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without
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objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i ask that the mandatory quorum under rule 22 be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that we now proceed to a period of morning business. during that time, senators be allowed to speak for up ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that at 1:45 p.m. on thursday, june 26, the senate proceed to executive session to consider the nominations numbered 897, 869, 654, 557, 620, and 503. and there be two minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form and each nomination. upon the use or yielding back of the time, the senate proceed to vote on each of those with no intervening action or debate, and we vote in the order listed. that all roll call votes after the first be 10 minutes in length. the motions to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate, and that all further no further motions be in order. any related statements be
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printed in the record and the president be notified of the senate tion action. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask that the senate proceed to executive session to consider the following nominations: 650, 872, 873, 874, 875, 876, 877, 878, 879, 880, 881, 882, 83, 884, 885, 886, 887, 88, 889, 890, and 891. that all nominations placed on the secretary's desk in the air force, a.m., and navy. be confirmed en bloc, the motions to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate, and no further motions be in order to any of the nominations and that the president be immediately notified of the senates's action and the senate re-sim legislative session. officer sph without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to s. res. 484. the presiding officer: the clerk will report.
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the clerk: senate resolution 484, recognizing and honoring the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the yosemite grant act. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to s. res. 485. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 485, congratulating the san antonio spurs for winning the 2014 national basketball association champion shn. the presiding officer: without objection you the senate will proceed. mr. reid: i ask that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate. officer without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i understand there is a bill at the desk and it is due for its first reading. the presiding officer: the clerk will report t the clerk will read the title for the if
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time. the clerk: h.r. 3301, an act to require approval for the construction connection operation or maintenance of oil for natural gas pipelines and so forth and for other purposes. mr. reid: i ask for a second reading, mr. president and that's in order to place the bill on the calendar under the proilingses of rule 14, and i object to my own request. the presiding officer: shoarksd. -- objection is heard. the bill will be read for the second time on the next legislative day. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today it adjourn until 9:30 tomorrow morning, june 26. following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the time for the two leaders be reserved for their later in the day, the senate be in a period of morning business until noon with senators permitted to speak up to ten minutes each during that tievment the time be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees.
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following that morning business, the senate proceed to executive calendar 738, there be two minutes of debate prior to a cloture vote on the krouse nomination. so, mr. president, there will be a roll call vote at noon, another at 1:45 p.m. if there is no further business to come before the senate, i ask had a it adjourn under the previous order. the presiding officer: the senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. >> the senate today approved a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize and overhaul in 1998 federal job training program law which expired in 2003. the final vote was 95-3. thursday the senate is expected to take up and vote on the nomination of attorney cheryl lamb to serve on the third circuit u.s. court of appeals. watch coverage of the senate as always on c-span2.
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the supreme court today handed several more decisions before they wrap up the term next week. the justices in a 6-three decision ruled a startup company is in violation of copyright law by streaming broadcast tv signals to subscribers without paying licensing fees. also in a unanimous decision, the justices ruled that police in most circumstances have to get a warrant before searching the cell phone of a suspect who has been arrested. here at the supreme court oral arguments in both of those cases tonight at eight eastern on c-span2. >> we believe that all men are created equal, yet many are denied. we believe that all men have certain unalienable rights, yet
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many do not enjoy those rights. we believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty, yet millions are being deprived of those blessings not because of their own failures, but because of the color of their skin. the reasons are deeply embedded in history and tradition and the nature of man. we can understand without how this all happened, but it cannot continue. our constitution, the foundation of our republic, the principles of our freedom. morality forbids it and the law that i will find tonight forbids
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it. the anniversary of the civil rights act with president johnson's address to the nation and the signing ceremony. later here from reporters that covered the debate in congress and the herald tribune. sunday night at eight eastern on american history tv on c-span three. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell called on majority leader harry reid once again to allow senators to vote on the approval of the keystone x. l. pipeline. he responded with an alternative proposal that would make a vote on keystones contingent on taking a vote on a bipartisan energy bill. senator john thune of south dakota also participates in thec remarks. spial >> influence. it's a word we hear a lot aboutn
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these days especially from our friends on the other side who suddenly feel the need to convince their constituents thar they are moderate democrats despite the voting records that say just the opposite. the senate democrats can't stop posting about hoboasting about d influence they have over energy issues. but it really a bad claim to the rest of us because it is so hard to point to what they've actually accomplished with take the keystone pipeline. they claim to have so much influence within their party. the evidence leads to the opposite conclusion that they have almost none at all. they have been able to secure the floor vote with the majority leader to approve the keystone
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pipeline. that should be the bare minimum here. the events that transpired yesterday only underscored the point. yesterday afternoon several of our republican colleagues again tried to pass the keystone pipeline. once again the democratic leadership blocked the bill and the so-called moderates stood by while their own party blocked this important job creation legislation. they didn't even put up a credible fight. it's disappointing, but it's no surprise because washington democrats have blocked approval of the shuttle ready job creation project for years now even though it would create thousands of well-paying american jobs. even though it would help our struggling economy and even though it would increase north
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american energy independence and even though the obama administration is admitting that constructing a pipeline would have almost zero significant impact on the environment. it is obstructing the construction of the keystone pipeline for one main reason, to please their patrons on the far left. and let's be clear about something. the only reason they are able to get away with it is because the moderate democrats like them. they claim to have so much influence around here. the so-called moderates can't have it both ways. it has influence even as they left their party leaders to shoot down almost every effort to achieve the things they claim to want like keystone. frankly it's hard to see how we could ever hope to get a bill over to the president's desk and
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to sign into law while the democrats run the senate especially when the so-called moderates stand idly by while the president has yet another meeting with the anti-keystone job lobby. the president is meeting with an anti-keystone fundraising meeting today and we will be hearing from an organization with a mission to stop these important jobs. but he needs to hear from americans across the country that are desperate for work in the obama economy preaching to the choir is not going to get it done. now ironically enough, the president will be meeting with the same interests right after holding a pep rally with the senate democrats. the reliable anti-keystone backstop here in congress. the american people have already had to suffer through more than five years of delay and
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obfuscation on this pipeline. the bureaucrats and the experts have studied it to death over and over and over again. and every time that we learn basically the very same thing, that there is a turn of upside to building at keystone and minimal substantive downside. so it is time to end all of the politically motivated delay and get serious around here. it's time for democrats who claim to support these important jobs to stand up to the party bosses and stand by their constituents, not just talk about doing it. we await to the american people to get these keystone pipeline jobs approved. unfortunately, it seems increasingly clear that that will never happen under the current democratic run senate. but one way or another, we need
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to get this done. mr. president, i yield the floor. >> i was in my office and i heard the statement of the republican leader about keystone. so this is a question that i direct my friend who is a fine senator. we agreed to have a vote on keystone. my friend the republican leader who keeps mr. acting things. we can have a vote on keystone. that is a part of the deal that we need. we had a bipartisan bill. they worked on it since last fall but have a vote on keystone
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for energy efficiency. you can have a vote on using the rule. this is so transparent that my friend the republican leader is doing the bidding on the brothers for the first and second largest tar sands that exist in the world. to the chair of the majority leader, the offer as i understand tha it was put forwad with respect to the energy efficiency bill. you passed the bill without amendment. it strikes me as many of the colleagues have been pointing
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out for some time now and calling up legislation presenting amendments to be offered and voted upon and denies the rights not only about the senators, but it ignores the voices of the people that we represent. so, for the majority leader to say that you passed this bill without any amendment it is an important issue in the states and in my state of south dakota and to a lot of members on our side. i would suggest a lot of members on the leader site who would like to have an opportunity to debate the energy bill on the floor. the leaders come down and see the amendments, no debate. you passed this. we will jam this bill down without amendment and then sometimes you get to vote on keystone. we would love to get a vote on keystone. we've been saying for sometime we should have a vote on the keystone pipeline. there is broad bipartisan
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support for that and a lot of if democrats who support the keystone pipeline. but, what the leader is suggesting again is he's going to put a bill of come until the amendment and prevent republicans from offering amendments. we don't think that is the way the senate ought to operate. >> mr. president? i would say to my friend from south dakota that is so transparent what is going on here. if the keystone vote is so important to them, let's have a vote on it. that's what i was told when we brought up for the second time the energy efficiency. in fact i was told by the republican leader pushing the bill we've already worked out all of the amendments. the bill is different when we first brought it up and we put them all in the senate. so again, we get right where we need to be to pass the substantive legislation and here they come. they walk in here dealing with
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the procedure. if the keystone is such a big deal, let's vote on it. it is a bipartisan bill. but no, we can't do that. we can't do that because we wouldn't be able to offer an amendment. the republicans who are part of that arrangement in the energy efficiency they thought was a good bill if this was a big deal to the republicans why do they get hung up on the procedure? like the cards fall where they may. >> i would say to the distinguished democratic leader that on this side we believe that when you bring an energy bill to the floor to talk about energy, we would rather talk about energy. now, he may suggest that there were certain things incorporated
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into the build up some of his members want and maybe some of our members wanted that we have a lot of members on the site that have been shut out who haven't had an opportunity to offer amendments now for the past year. we do that on the floor every day and talk about the fact that since july of last year they've been both on nine republicans. out of the 1500 files this is it insanity. we would love to get to go on the keystone pipeline but we think there are other issues that are important to this country. and if you bring an energy bill to the floor of the united states senate, the historical practice in this institution has been that it opened to amendments. there are issues in addition to the keystone pipeline that are critically important jobs and to the economy and the energy security in the country. and so, the way that the leader is suggesting that the sox to work isn't simply about an argument on procedure. this is about whether or not the
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senate is going to function in a way that the views of the millions of people that are represented, those of us here that would love to offer amendments on these bills are being prevented from doing. so i would simply say to the leader that this is not simply about the keystone pipeline. this is about the broad debate on energy, what it means for jobs, what it means for our economy, and you've gotten the place now we are not even getting vote in the committee. appropriation bills are being pulled back at the committee level because democratic members don't want to vote on amendments that republican amendments might offer. that is in the way this is supposed to work. and so i appreciate the majority leader understandable frustration, but it's a frustration that surrounded in the way that he is running this institution and not anything our site is doing. >> mr. president? no one needs to take my word for it. take the word from the senior
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republican on the body. he came to the floor a few days ago and said on the appropriation bills we hear this let's have some votes. so the senato senator from tenne says why don't we have a vote? because what has been established around here is that we have 60 votes on anything that's controversial and 50 votes on everything else. that's what the senator from tennessee said. let's go ahead and work through the bills. no better example of that van dodd frank. on the 24th amendment that we ordered on that bill, senator durbin offered an amendment on the fees and he was told it's going to be 60 votes. everything else would have been 50. so he had to do this with 60 votes. that's how things work. the republicans don't want to
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have votes. they want to have an issue on the procedure. we could finish every one of those appropriation bills. every one of them. if as we suggested. so mr. president, it's interesting. it's interesting. energy issues. that is a buzzword for let's take care of the companies some more. that's what this is about. they want to protect big oil. they want to have all of those in the path, let's pass them. all we have to do is follow what i have suggested into that senator lamar alexander suggested. that is what we should do. >> the republican leader. >> mr. president, i would simply offer the consent agreement that the majority leader objective two when he pulled the shaheen bill a while back.
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it's pretty simple and it's pretty easily understood. this is a concern that was offered when the majority leader as i said pulled the shaheen portamento a while back. this is what i said. i propose a different unanimous consent agreement and ask that the only amendments out of the fight of amendments on the republican side related to energy policy with a 60 vote threshold on the adoption of each amendment. i would further as ask that following the disposition of those amendments the bill would be ready for your time in the senate proceeded to vote on the passage of the bill as amended. now, mr. president, that gives the majority leader but he was asking for in the last bill. a 60 vote threshold. it gives them the amendments on our side related to energy
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policy. i would compound that consent agreement. it sounds to me like we may be getting somewhere if the majority leader wants us to have the chance to vote on the floor. >> by friends suggested -- pic i would ask to modify on keystone will vote republican leader modify his request? >> the right to object. but the majority leader said as he wants to pass a comprehensive energy bill dealing with a
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variety of different subjects. it is for having a vote on keystone i can remember when we used to vote around here. the members have only had seven rollcall votes in a year. i think rather than these going back we ought to talk about how to work this out. maybe the senate can start voting on things again. >> mr. president? mr. president? >> is there an objection to the regional request? >> the objection is heard. let's not have revisionist history. let's have a really valid history. jean portman has worked on for
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weeks last fall this new version of the bill for months, and they worked out many, many amendments in the committee. and they came to me and said we have got all of this worked out. shaheen and portman and a number of other senators. and i said great. so before one of our resources, they came and said what we need to go, we need better if we had a sense of a senate resolution on keystone. we already agreed what we were going to do. the bill is different. like the workforce investment act we're going to this afternoon. i came back and said, that's fine. we're going to do this as soon as we get back. we come back and then i'm told, we don't want a sense of the
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senate resolution. we want an up-or-down vote here. i said, okay, let's do it. that's when that still wasn't good enough. that still wasn't good enough because they want the issue. the energy efficiency bill is a the energy efficiency bill is a the energy efficiency bill is a good, bipartisan bill. it is like the one that we will work on this afternoon. a complex bill. we should go ahead and vote on that. if they really care, if this is such a big deal, we have been more in on this for five years. the time has come. let's belly up to the bar and vote on it. in the process let's also did a bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that is where we are . another obstruction diversion to keep us from really voting of things. they want the issue that focused
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on procedure, mr. president, and what the american people want is to do things, the minimum wage raised, unemployment benefits extended for the long-term unemployed. there would like is so that a man working -- does not make more money than a woman that does the same work. they think it is -- the american people believe that they should not be burdened with college that which is the largest. they stopped us from doing that based upon procedure. why don't we work on things that would help the american people. >> also today a colloquy on climate change. they both talked about alternative energy sources that might be used nationally as well as energy efficiency. >> senator mansion and i come from different states and very
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different parts of the country. the ocean state, the mountain state. we both came here today to say that climate change was real, that human activities amending the burning of fossil fuels are causing dramatic changes in the earth's atmosphere and oceans and the sick responsible solutions that will ensure reliable, sustainable energy for the united states and protect our local communities and economies from the worst effects of a changing climate recognizing, as we lost, that fossil fuels will be part of america's fuel makes for decades . the recent national climate assessment showed many effects of climate change already being seen across the united states. in my home state of rhode island we have more than 3 degrees warmer in the winter than it was 50 years ago. measurements at the newport tide gauge the show that, as the sea
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water warms and expands, sea level was up almost images against our shores since the 1930's. extreme weather depends a lot on natural variability, but climate change increases the odds that heat waves and heavy rain birse will occur. as the climate has warned, some types of extreme weather have already become more frequent and severe. here on mr. we see at in the northeast, up here, the area which includes rhode island and west virginia income between 1958 and 2010 the amount of rain coming in those big downpours have gone up by 70 percent. let's remember how climate change affects the economy and jobs. for example, fishermen and ryland have seen their winter flounder catch nearly disappeared in recent decades as
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the day has warned. this is now. this is happening to ryland. the people of west virginia have senator mansion filing for them every day here in washington. i know he believes that we need to find economic irresponsible answers to end terminal problems i am proud to stand with him today as his friend and colleague. >> thank you, senator. >> mr. president, the senator from west virginia, let me say i am pleased to join my senator from the grace to the ryland to talk about this important subject. in the past we may not always have agreed on how to approach this problem, but at least we have come together to work on a solution together which is very important. that is something, as you know. we are determined to see if we can find common ground to move
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forward. is senator white house suggests the way we consumer and producer energy is our state is quite different. nonetheless, we both agree. one cannot go it alone. it takes a balance. one that a knowledge is the idea of climate change and while also understanding that fossil fuels, more specifically coal led to reproduce some much of our state and the economy as a valid part of our energy mix for decades to come. and there is no doubt that 7 billion people have impacted our world promise. those who deny that are wrong. we have a responsibility, but we need to know what is going on and the facts we're dealing with in the world today.
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more than a billion tons of coal consumed each year. this gives you a little bit of an outline. currently china burns more than 4 billion tons per year and are not stopping or letting up. if anything there increasing consumption and building more coal-fire plants as we speak. so the united states of america, you could say, is less than 1/8 of a cold consumed annually in the world. if we stop burning every ton of coal, wood that clean up the climate? but if we find ways to do it better can we help the rest of the world? that is so we're here to talk about. to that agreement and the scientific community and other contributions causing substantial changes to the earth's climate. according to the west virginia state climatologist five of the six greatest years of record.
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this -- i don't deny the existence of climate change and my friend is not denying eliminating call from the energy makes would hurt the reliability . you cannot do it. we have got to work to get to keep the reliability and the system that is so vital to people all over this country. without cole, the northeast of the united states would have suffered severe and in during power outages during the winter polar vortexes. if our reliability fail during the couple live cortex we just can't do this past year there is no question people would have died. no question at all. importantly, during that time called provided 92 percent of the increase in energy needed to promote -- survive the disaster. kohl was not able to go online the back of the grid 90 percent of it was driven by cold because it is dependable, reliable, and affordable. this chart shows basically a portion of the increase by fuel
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january and february, the times when needed the most to keep the system up and running. you can see, : 92%, natural gas fell because of distribution. it will increase, get better as distribution and infrastructure is built. well, nuclear, hydro, renewal. they were not able to pick up the demand that was needed to keep the system moving. a ceo of the american electric power said this about a couple of cortex. this country did not just out of bullets, it dawns the cannonball many to address climate change while maintaining the reliability of our electricity system. senator white house and i realize that coal will remain a vital part of our nation's generation portfolio for the foreseeable future. according to the president's own energy information
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administration cold generated about 40 percent of all u.s. electricity in 2011. in 2014 coal will still generate more than 30% of the domestic electricity that is needed. this chart basically shows you where we are going. this is clear for 24. by 2014 natural gas will be at 35%. kohl will be at 32%. both can be paid of fossil. you have 67 percent renewal will increase to 16%. here going down with 16 percent which i believe we have to really engage efforts. a really do. so cole will assume the dominant role in markets for the foreseeable future. according to eia call supplied 69 percent of chinese total energy consumption in 2011 which gives you a little bit of an idea where we are.
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chineses four times the amount of coal use in the u.s. the your 4 percent of india's total energy consumption, india during that time, roughly this -- during the next two years of 1200 new plants are going to be built across 59 countries. 363 are going to be built inside naphtali and 4505 in india alone it is just unbelievable when you look at more than a billion tons of coal consumers around the world each year. china bill's chief of china is
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4 billion. the u.s. and canada combined a less than one. this is for decades to come. the u.s. has been a leader in providing the world, producing clean coal today. traditional pollutants have been cut by 80% in the last several years. what is less known as the technologies being developed and some already exist the dramatically lower coal plant carbon emissions with smart investments from the public and private sectors we will unleash the is the first generation of carbon capture, storage utilization to, but developed the second generation of these technologies. when that happens in the not so distant future we will lead the world toward utilization of fossil fuels in a way that produces negligible or zero harmful emissions. with the right policies and the
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right coordination between the public and private sectors weekly by example and show the world that we can burn fossil fuels panetta never. most importantly, to president, we can do all this will protecting consumers, creating jobs, and growing our economy. >> i agree with my friend from west virginia. we must address climate change in a way that protect jobs in all sectors and insurers chris civility. fossil fuels like coal or natural gas are, indeed, going to be an important part of the american energy or the next four decades. we need to invest in reducing carbon pollution we generate from these sources. we also need to adapt our power infrastructure to withstand the effects of climate change, extreme weather has become the main cause of blackouts in the u.s. the president's council of
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economic advisers and a lot of energy count is 679 widespread adages between 2003 and 2012 due to severe weather. 58 percent of power outages since 2002 and 87% of average is affecting 50,000 or more customers were caused by severe weather such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, and blizzards. the average annual cost of power outages caused by severe weather is between $18,000,000,000.303 billion per year. the u.s. energy information administration compile data that is plotted on this chart showing weather -related power outages are already authorized says just the early 90's. addressing climate change is important to grill stability. we also should expand and modernize our electric grid, is smarter grenville make it easier to respond to and recover from extreme weather events.
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we will boost efficiency within the system. we will help lower utility bills, and we will bring more renewable energy on one. in both of our state senator mansion and i realize that it is in america's interest to be leaders and to research, development, deployment of energy efficiency tools, cleaner fossil fuel research into renewable energy technologies. and i know the senator has some of these technologies being or love in his case. when i was governor of west virginia we said and have now achieved an alternative to reduce our coverage of the print by 25 percent by using : a clean air fashion and some of the other things we do fight. not only did we do it, we did ten years early. ten years earlier than what we had targeted for.
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in 2013, or 4% of west virginia is energy came from hydroelectric and wind energy. not storm wind farms. so many people do not know what we have done because we are all land. the second-largest wind farm east of the recipe perry's 17 miles across the beautiful landscape. also the importance of energy efficiency. our friend from north dakota, and introduce legislation that would improve the energy efficiency of federal buildings and set an example for private sector. this legislation takes a common-sense all of the above approach to the issue of federal energy inefficiency. i believe that by encouraging the use of innovative technologies and practices as a to the reasonable goals and allowing building managers flexibility we can see better
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internal storage been a cost-effective manner. as governors we relied on common sense to guide state policies. this bill applies that much-needed common sense to federal policies. we should be using all of our abundant resources including coal to power our nation in the most efficient way possible. our bill accomplishes this goal, and bring the federal government can lead the way in using fossil fuels to achieve greater energy efficiency in a much cleaner fashion. while the efficiency and renewals are important, let me say again, it is most important to reduce emissions from coal plants while keeping them running. and the advantages and a coal use technologies will continue to develop with helped from the public sector. enhanced whale recovery is developing into a valuable tool for augmenting domestic production.
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research is out going for the use of coal and co2 for a multitude of new energy and consumer products including fertilizers to a liquid fuel, plastic materials, and i just had originally come to my office the basically makes carbon out of coal comes in the longer that we drink. unbelievable. there are so many things. and there are so many things that we are using and can do more with. >> efficiency is something that we take seriously. in 2013 the american council for an energy-efficient economy french rhode island as the sixth most energy-efficient state in the country. the energy information administration in 2011 ranks the los which is the presiding officer from a small state of delaware. i'd understand we have a bit of an unfair advantage, but we are also the sixth lowest total
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energy cost per capita. we do our part to save energy, avoid emissions, lower-cost, and reduced demand and stress on the electric grid. ryland and eight other states which dissipate in the regional greenhouse gas initiative. capping carbon emissions and sells permits to run in it greenhouse gases to power plants and of the ways they have been able to drive down energy consumption in utility bills is by investing the money generated into energy efficiency. they invest in energy efficiency projects and improvements helping residents save money and utility bills and making small businesses more competitive. rhode island is also poised to gain scores of jobs from the development of offshore wind. i think that we have the advantage. our private developer of
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offshore wind has received its first major environmental permit to begin deployment in the block island wind farm area. the price of wind energy is decreased over 90 percent says the early 1980's and has now been competitive in the energy market. at the federal level our energy policy must use the best science available to improve the way we use fossil fuel and our tax code should help address climate change will leveling the playing field for various energy sources. i believe carbon-serving climate change hurts our economy, damages are infrastructure, and vons public health. those costs are not factored into the cost of fossil fuels. that means the cost of the pollution has been born by the public.
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a car but feet to correct this market fair and return this revenue to the american people. republican supporters call it revenue neutral. on a smaller scale congress can extend the renewable energy tax credit and other measures that our support of members on both sides of the aisle helping renewable energy in west virginia and a bipartisan array of states. >> thank you, senator. the senator and i disagree on a few things, but adamantly with my dear friend senator wiseman, carbon fee or so-called carbon tax. but we can use the tax code and other federal incentives to help clean up fossil fuels which is why we are here together to find that pathway. first, the department of education must approve 8 billion in loan guarantees for a vast fossil dual projects that they
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have had available to 2005. north as been invested strike out use the fuel that we depend on in a much better, cleaner fashion. i also found out that we have over $3 billion, senator from, from the stimulus money to be used by shovel-critical projects that still have not been invested. an awful lot that we can do without appropriating any new money. is using the money that has been there for the purpose that it was intended to do. new tax incentives could be employed to incentivize providers, update subcritical plans to the super and alter -- alter supercritical situations that pave the way. finally 22 incentivize the second generation of technology that holds the future for the promise. caryn capture sequestration just being used for that purpose, if you don't have a secondary
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source to where you can put it and sell it for enhanced recovery, the technology that we can use in the show that may be in and some gas and the shelf with. maybe we could solidify the carbon and use it as a spent fuel. these are things we need to get to, and this many right now for almost ten years these to be invested. with your health, senator, i can only thank you that we can move forward and find this. >> i would agree with the distinguished senator from west virginia that the department of energy's advanced fossil full seal of -- possible project loan guarantee program has not yet lived up to its potential. we will work with them to excel over its use. would like to close my share of this colloquy by noting something very basic. that is that america has long
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stood before the world as an exceptional country and deservedly so. american prove the case for popular sovereignty with no native kings of crowns. america took a balanced market capitalism and road to international economic dominance america has long been the vanguard for civil and human rights for our people and around the globe. and one american military power must be used we do not conquered rule week alone. this confers upon us a responsibility to lead, to be an example, to be as president reagan said, a shining city on a hell. our generation will be judged by whether we were responsible about climate change, whether we
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listen and whether we let american innovation can create the clean energy technologies of the future. when it comes to addressing the biggest problems facing our world the united states should be out front. we're committed to working together to find responsible solutions to the claman's crisis we also realize that we have different perspectives on what the solution should look like. harmed by carbon pollution. we believe we could both fun more about those different perspectives. i am committing today to travel with senator mansion to west virginia to see the plants that power many parts of our country and meet the people they're working to curb pollution and improve efficiency. i invite senator mentioned sure
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violent to sierra climate change is taking its toll on our shorelines henry industries. america is still a beacon to the world because we have the ability to work through disagreements on a shared platform. the commitment of syria's leaders west virginia, ryland, and all americans. >> we ask unanimous consent. >> it should be within three or four minutes. without rejection. >> thank you, senator. >> visiting all the things that they are doing in the efficiency that they haven't technology there incorporating. else to look forward to showing him off in my beautiful set of
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as virginia. we have both visited each other states before so we know. it will be great to revisit. i wanted thank you for joining me today on the floor. as we continue to have this important dialogue, if the senator and i can look for a pathway, that is why we are trying to help happen here. i agree the united states of america has launched to before the world as an exceptional compass -- country of people to look up to, raining as the dominant world power at playing the role of world leader for more than 200 years. expellant -- coal use is expanding and we need a face that reality. we must take our position as a war leader in brokering solutions knowing that the rest of the world will use this product one never before. so the balance between concerns and economic prosperity will happen.
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we should be that leader. the solution is developing technology that will allow us. less rigid and rode out on that different in many ways. most importantly, senator, you and i both know they are both part of this great country which is what makes america great. we can deliver and challenge each other's position on any one issue, and we sure have had our share of dogged debates on the issues of climate change in energy issues. but when it comes to deciding what is best for our future generations and a real fourth there is always room for reasonable compromise in the way forward. as we can continue to work diligently to my look forward to visiting again with him, and we will make that happen sooner than later. once again, want to thank the senator for coming to the table to establish a truly common sense of the above energy policy
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that ignores is of vital role call must by moving forward. improve the quality of life. we will fix this together we will find the balance and show the beginning but pastor differences. we have looked at it from the standpoint. we agree that working together and agreeing that we have there's a possibility in this world and country to be a leader again in finding a path for using energy the good lord gave us in the best balance we can in the economy environment and clean up. i think my good friend and with that i yield the floor.
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>> senate small business committee chair of washington called for reauthorization of the export import bank, the nation's official export credit agency that helps american companies sell their approach to foreign customers. the agency's charter is set to expire at the end of september. this takes place at this unfortunate. >> madame president, i come to the floor today to talk about the export import bank, the program that is a vital tool of u.s. manufacturers and small businesses across the united states of america to help them grow jobs and gain access to international markets. there has been a lot written in the last 24 to 48 hours about this because there's been a lot of discussion about people who have previously supported the program, may be voted for five or six times and have either an
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asia or have bratton what is so important about this program. i am here this morning to talk what this because i believe it is so vital to the u.s. economy and to the economic opportunities and challenges we face. the export import bank basically gives assistance of forms of securitized loans that us out by the private sector when the u.s. company tries to sell a product overseas. you can imagine that if you are a u.s. manufacturer, and you could be an lots and lots of different things. aviation to grain silos to music stands to agricultural products, and when you go and say, they want to sell to ethiopia, sell to south american country, so the small business person and the state of washington i will
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find a customer from our product, grain silos. i can use that as an example. grain silos to 82 different countries around the globe. that customer in that country says, now, going to finances deal, not exactly like the sophistication is present in every one of these developing countries. yet we one u.s. products to be sold into these developing countries. i guess we could sit back on our laurels and just think that it will happen on its own and let the europeans selling to the market or let the chinese sell market -- products into those markets, or we could hustle and figure out a way to secure those deals when those customers have a challenge of financing within the country. now it does not mean that the export-import bank finances of those deals but provides
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security so that when a private bank says finance the sale of that deal there is certainty and predictability. why is that then poured? as one vice-president of a bank told us that operates in 19 different states and the district of columbia, they said that most banks cannot alone take risks for helping a u.s. company sell in countries with governments that may be less stable than the united states of america. makes sense. look at what we're seeing around the globe. lots of change. you cannot count on the deal and account for the vicious nature government. if someone sends me in pittsburgh will go to the court in pittsburgh and when that judgment against these individuals. well, you cannot practically expand that to a government in
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africa or asia. you can't go to a court system here in the united states and say, that government failed to pay on that particular customer deal that was enacted, but you can list with the help of the export import bank secure those loans and make sure that payment is received which is why so many small businesses across the state of washington like and have used this program in conjunction with the private banking industry. for example, there is company that i love because it makes music stands somewhat like this podium i am speaking in front of that is used for placement of music and they sell all over the globe. china are some of their best customers. leather is a place in washington is figuring out how to sell a u.s. manufacturing project in china and that they are continuing to compete with the chinese every day and winning that battle.
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i am so proud of that company uses the export import bank to reduce their risk for those customers. as customers live in a place where the banking and security might not be there. why is this important? first of all, 95 percent of consumers in the world live outside the united states of america. unless we just want to sell to people in the united states we better have a good strategy on how to sell to people outside. so it 95 percent of consumers outside of the united states of america and a rising middle class around the globe, the middle-class will double of the next 20 years of a double. that means more people with more disposable income to buy products and to use services that are so critical. take aviation, for example. because they're is a rising middle class from the globe and a lot more people want to travel , that is 35,000 new
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airplanes that are in demand. that is how many we will have to build over the next 20 years. 305,000 new airplanes. well, that could be really good news for the united states of america and u.s. manufacturing because those are great battle glass manufacturing jobs. guess what, those jobs are not secure. the brazilians want to build airplanes in the europeans want to build airplanes, the chinese want to build airplanes, and they are all competing for that rising middle-class market that is demanding new airplanes. they all want to get on the action of having manufacturing jobs in their state. so we need to make sure that we implement the export port and port bank was about to expire on september 30th of this year. without the export import bank we will be hobbling businesses across the united states of america and not giving them these tools.
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the export import bank is created thousand jobs in the united states of america, and it has increased exports by $37 billion created to help small businesses create jobs. also holds a spate of the federal deficit. over $1 billion returned. it has helped us pay down the federal debt. my colleagues who are either having amnesia or are not coming forward need to remember what a vital tool this is to the u.s. economy. madam president. >> the time has expired. >> i ask unanimous consent for another 30 seconds. >> without objection. >> thank you. i just want to close by saying, other countries use these same financial tools. and so a lot of my colleagues
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can see that other countries for the same reason and the marketplace is not provided private sector financial tool to securitized lease products it is important that the united states stay competitive with everybody chasing local market opportunities. let's not of u.s. manufacturers. let's get the bank out of committee and reauthorize spirit that think the president and yield the floor. >> the supreme court released for decisions today. in one of the cases the justices voted 6-3-start up company area is why we should copyright law by streaming broadcast tv signals to its subscribers without paying licensing fees. in the unanimous decision the justices ruled that police in most circumstances have to get a warrant before searching the salt, was suspect to as been arrested. you can hear the supreme court oral arguments in both of those cases tonight at 8:00 eastern here on c-span2.
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>> that is birthday today house speaker announced he will be filing a lawsuit on the president's use of executive privilege to enact and enforce laws. afterwards we will get reaction from white house press secretary . >> a you planning to initiate a lawsuit? >> i am. >> can you explain why that is necessary? >> you know what, the constitution makes it clear that the president's job is desert faithfully execute the laws, and in my view the president has not faithfully execute the laws. we have a system of government allied in our constitution the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch. congress has his job to do, and so does the president. and when there are conflicts
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like this between the legislative branch and the administrative branch is in my view our responsibility. then proceeding. >> this is not about impeachment but it is about his faithfully execute the laws of our country. >> i am hoping the you can give us the white house reaction to the speaker's announcement today that he would like to file a lawsuit against the president accusing him of failing to carry a loss by congress. >> you have heard the president talk may times what his approach to working with congress. is the president's preference that we will be able to find opportunities to work with democrats and republicans to put into effect put in place policies the will expand economic opportunity. that is certainly the focal point of the president's domestic agenda, and ostensibly that is something we should not have to work too hard to convince republicans that should be a priority.
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what the president has also said is that where necessary he is going to take action on his own using the executive authority that is invested in the presidency to advance the cause of expanding economic agenda for the middle-class and strengthening our economy overall. so forlorn town we have some republicans blocked progress in congress, a range of bills that would promote economic strength, but in this case it seems that republicans have shifted their opposition into a higher gear. frankly one that i did not know existed. the fact that they are considering a tax payer funded lawsuits against the president of the united states for doing his job, i think, is the kind of step that most americans would not support. i think there are looking -- i
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think what most americans would say is they want their leaders in washington d.c. to make progress on behalf of the american people. i am not suggesting that is easy bipartisan progress in particular is difficult. but just, you know, lapsing into these kind of tactics that for so long have been employed at the legislative branch and are no being applied at the judicial branch is, frankly, not the right way to deal. >> here yesterday. do you know if he told the president that this lawsuit was coming? >> and not able to speak with a lot of detail about what kind of conversations may have been had. i can take a look. typically to not read out in detail much of the conversations that i had when they occur between the present and the speaker of the house. if i can give you more information will look into it.
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>> i am not aware of that, but let me look in to see whether or not the white house got anything . >> for over 35 years public affair events for washington directly to you putting you in the room at congressional hearings to white house events, briefings, conferences, and offering completes gavel-to-gavel coverage of the u.s. house all as a public service and private industry. c-span, created by the cable-tv industry 35 years ago and buts you as a public service where your local cable and satellite provider. watch us on hd, like some facebook, follows on twitter. >> missouri senator claman's castle held the last of several roundtable discussions into rape and sexual assault on college campuses. college police chief, prosecutors demand advocates for sexual assault victims focused on the differences in prosecuting cases in the criminal justice system and the
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university based process. this is two and a half hours. >> good afternoon, everyone. we have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of smart people around this table. we will go ahead and get started senator blumenthal will be joining us. when he does i might interrupt whoever is talking at that point and give him a chance to make a few opening remarks when he arrives. first, i would like to welcome all of you that are here today. i am excited about this particular round table because of my background as a prosecutor for many years. this is the last an hour series of three round tables which are discussions of sexual violence on college campuses and university campuses. this has been a terrific process
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and a very hopeful one. on may 19th we had a good discussion on the cleary act and the campus date act. we have at thought-provoking and intense discussion about the role of title nine. i wanted all these round table so that we could bring people together rather than having all of the university people at one and all of the police of one and all the victim's survivors and active advocacy groups of one. wanted to makes each one so that we could get the discussion back and forth which i think has been really helpful in us finding where there are points that we can move in terms of making improvements and changes and holding out best practices to other campuses. we cannot make good policy choices if we don't really know what is happening in the ground. these discussions have been helpful in informing my senate colleagues and i as you work legislation to amend that now that today's round table will
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contribute to that effort. the topic is near and dear to me today's round table as a former prosecutor and then on the frontline of the fight against sexual assault. i want to do everything possible to make sure these crimes are prosecuted and the perpetrators of these crimes are held response will to the fullest extent of the law. but as a former prosecutor and a former lawmaker of the state level another criminal justice system and the laws that supported are not always perfect . they haven't been willing or able to handle sexual assault cases, particularly as involving consent as it affects and especially when there may have been in touch occasion. the fact pattern that we see most frequently on college campuses. even law enforcement and prosecutors have been known to fallen to stereotypes about one rape is supposed to look like.
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education must editions of our role to play to make commitments to students and community. an incidence of sexual violence happen an obligation to investigate what happened, support the survivor, ensure safety and if the facts bear out published -- prosecute the vendor. colleges and universities have not always done that. schools are working to improve their administrative procedures and be more responsive. in my conversation with survivors i have heard again and again have both systems of failed to the point where it appears many survivors of law no confidence in either the criminal justice system or the administrative process in their own colleges and universities. hope we can talk about how to ensure the above processes work better, support victims, and will perpetrators accountable. there is also a need for these
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two systems, the administrative system and criminal justice system to work together. there might be a reception, but they cannot work together because they have differed responsibilities and obligations which is true in some sense, but these two systems also share a common goal, which is support and just for the survivor. in fact, the white house task force is recommending the universities and local law enforcement in turn to memorandums of understanding to the kindle stronger and better relationships working together. we have some organizations that are already working together, and no accord to work -- learning more from you. you would go around the table and a judge's yourself and tell us briefly where you're from and what role you played in this discussion, and then we will begin a series of areas that we will talk about. i will caution the a lot of people on the round table today. a lot of you know on.
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there will want to be -- i will do my best to be not like a senator and talk less frequently i will try to be on senatorial. such a blumenthal, would you like to make any opening comments? >> well, i caught the tail end of what you were saying, less rather than more, which is exactly the right approach. we are here to listen. i want to thank you, senator, for bringing together yet another really stellar highly qualified group of people to enlighten us. want to thank all of you for coming, particularly dr. falls and from the university of connecticut commend you will hear her story. i know it is impressive and each of you have an impressive contribution to make. thank you for being here. i know it is not easy to be here
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thank you for making the trip and the effort. most important for all of your great work the you're doing on your campuses, in your states and localities and law enforcement for both the los. our first, would say. so we particularly welcome you. thank you so much. >> thank you, senator blumenthal. i want to also say that i -- my job today is to move the discussion along and make sure everyone has a chance to share. i also want this to be informal. we found that the previous round tables works so well because it was not just a typical hearing where senators are asking prepared questions and witnesses are trying to get answers and usually not complete ones. we want this to be a free-flowing. we also want to year from
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everyone. to some extent i will be crawling everyone. not that i would want to cut someone off of what we want to make sure that all voices are heard from. >> did i say university of connecticut? demint connecticut college. sorry. >> big difference. >> that would be a cardinal sin. >> that's right. that would be like me saying i'm from the zoo. i would not do that. he is a bear. >> good afternoon. thank you. my pleasure to be here this afternoon. i am a chief trial deputy with the boulder county district attorney's office. boulder, colorado. in that capacity i work as both a supervisor of the unit which handles all of our felony domestic violence and all the sexual assault crimes committed within the 20th judicial district. i am also a hands-on prosecutors still in the fight with the heavy and active caseload are fond of sexual assaults and
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serve as a supervisor acting and many of the committees working with our university partners. so from our multi disciplinary committees, agencies approach and try to make that collaborative effort in our brief so that we can work together prosecuting crimes of sexual assault. thank you. >> good afternoon. i am the vice president for policy at the rape, abuse, incest network. worked for 20 years to inform the conversation about sexual violence, reduce those through public education. pointedly we work with college campuses across the country in powering students through an annual day of action during awareness to the issue and have worked heavily in the states with public policy and have run the national sexual assault of one which has helped more than 2 million people. >> good afternoon. i and the deputy chief of the sex crimes unit in the new york county district attorney's office.
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thank you for having me in for the attention you have paid to this issue. in our office the sex crimes unit handles all the sexual assault prosecutions on victim's its 14 and over and develops the 76 of six traffic in prosecution and sex offender registration, in my capacity as executive -- deputies -- supervise our assistance and i to have a case of my own. >> good afternoon. thank you for having me. i am an active detected in that agency. my primary caseload is adult sexual assault crimes and the child sexual assault crimes. we're all general crimes detectives. i saw was that of public policy committee for the organ sexual assault taskforce and am a law enforcement instructor for the training institute as well as
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forensic interviewer of children. >> thank you so much for inviting me to join the conversation today. i am a student at yale law school. national campaign to end campus sexual violence. toward that end we want to make sure our students are aware of sole right to an education of frequent violence and advocates for battered federal enforcement . >> thank you for your support around the issues of sexual assault. i am the director of the office of victim assistance at the university of colorado boulder. asking confidential counseling and advocacy center, service and advocates to help people who have been impacted by a variety of crimes with sexual assault being one of our public areas we focus on the most and they're here to make sure that art clients are empowered and
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informed. >> it afternoon. thank you very much. i am the chief of police with a university police division at the ohio state university. twenty-eight years prior i was experiencing both municipal law enforcement and campus police in. recently i served on the negotiated rulemaking committee as an alternate. full voice in that process for our recent rules released. i am appointed commission member for the ohio police officers training. >> thank you, chief. >> hello. i echo my colleague sentiment about being invited to the round table and we look forward to being able to work together to inform legislative writing policy changes in this area. chief of police at cornell university. my office called the primary
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query between the annual security report and title mind coordinators' whenever possible as allied with the help with their investigations. i convened public safety advisory committees which keeps us in compliance with new york city educational law 129 a which is a prime example of well intended over legislated directive. and we also on campus are creating a sexual violence prevention that we think it's better mix to the intent of article 1298, collaborative work across genders, sexually, and any efforts of rape education and prevention. i have served on the campus codes and judicial committee was was charged with a lining your code with co-ceo recommendation guidance as well as mandates.
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i also chaired the human resources and safety services diversity committee which is charged with creating more work environments for all aspects and walks of life on campus. also in my adoration i started 23 years ago as a dispatcher. through that timeframe elected to the board of directors and served there for over 12 years, nine of which were as board president. i think in order to emphasize my passion for the subject matter i cannot emphasize enough. thank you very much for the invitation. >> thank you for having me. i am the director sexual violence prevention advocacy of connecticut college, a small private liberal arts college in new london. and of vw campus grant. the campus grants from 2010- 2010-2013.
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campus administration saw the success of the program the work we're doing on campus and saw the value and continued to set the program as well as my budget. we have instituted a lot of success. widespread student by and. we have a solid program. >> thank you, senators. i add my thanks to everyone. i have been working on this issue for nearly 20 years plus various perspectives. i started out as a student activist and then became a woman center director at the same institution, georgetown university. i later became, after a very spent some time in practice as a lawyer, went back to a georgetown law as an assistant dean. ..
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emissaries date universe dns my pleasure to be here. my role at the university of dean of students. i am responsible for a behavioral intervention team, and other groups that bring together, campus safety group. i am tasked with not only the prevention and education program around violence, but also student conduct on our congress so it is under my guidance. i have been in higher education quite a long time and student conduct so that i have seen from when i was in school and there was knows to conduct part the many alliteration to whee


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